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Bulgaria leave it late for victory

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.54CET
Slovenia 0-2 Bulgaria
Late goals from Blagoy Georgiev and Dimitar Berbatov ensured Bulgaria ended their Group G bid with a win.
Bulgaria leave it late for victory
Dimitar Berbatov (right) was on target for Bulgaria ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SloveniaBulgaria

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target1
 
7
Attempts off target1
 
2
Corners6
 
5
Fouls committed20
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.54CET

Bulgaria leave it late for victory

Slovenia 0-2 Bulgaria
Late goals from Blagoy Georgiev and Dimitar Berbatov ensured Bulgaria ended their Group G bid with a win.

Late goals from Blagoy Georgiev and Dimitar Berbatov ensured Bulgaria ended their UEFA EURO 2008™ campaign with a victory that left them one point off the qualifying places.

Jokič dismissed
Romania and the Netherlands had already secured the two available berths from Group G, with Bulgaria's hopes being finally extinguished last Saturday. Slovenia were reduced to ten men when Bojan Jokič was dismissed moments before half-time and Bulgaria eventually wore down the hosts to seal victory with two goals in the final nine minutes.

Early chances
Both sides had chances in the early stages. Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovič did well to collect Velizar Dimitrov's early header after he had connected with Martin Petrov's cross. At the other end, Andraž Kirm's shot was blocked by Zhivko Milanov and Jokič's long-range effort was kept out by goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov. Klemen Lavrič's overhead kick following a corner also came close.

Handanovič saves
The momentum swung Bulgaria's way shortly before half-time when Jokič was sent off for pulling back Hristo Yovov as he bore down on goal. Handanovič easily dealt with Martin Petrov's subsequent free-kick, but Bulgaria would ultimately make their advantage tell.

Late flurry
Early in the second half Handanovič saved Yovov's angled shot then kept out Aleksandar Tunchev's header as the visiting team pressed. On 81 minutes Bulgaria finally made the breakthrough as Georgiev put his side in front with a volley. The points were made safe three minutes after that when Berbatov converted from close range after good play from Dimitrov.

Last updated: 22/11/07 1.32CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
15
JokićBojan Jokić
Red Card45
16
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Substitution46
6
MörecMitja Mörec
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar
3
TunchevAleksandar Tunchev
21
BrečkoMišo Brečko
6
AngelovStanislav Angelov
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
Yellow Card35
15
GeorgievBlagoy Georgiev
Goal82
Yellow Card82
8
KorenRobert Koren
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
Yellow Card38
Substitution46
10
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović
Substitution56
18
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution75
19
KirmAndraž Kirm
7
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
18
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution48
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
17
LavričKlemen Lavrič (C)
Substitution65
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov (C)
Goal84

Substitutes

12
NenezičIgor Nenezič (GK)
12
I. PetrovIvailo Petrov (GK)
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
8
YankovChavdar Yankov
9
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Substitution65
11
LazarovZdravko Lazarov
Substitution75
11
KomacAndrej Komac
Substitution56
Yellow Card75
13
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
Substitution46
14
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
22
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
Substitution46
20
IličBranko Ilič
Substitution48
Yellow Card53
5
IlievValentin Iliev
23
ŽinkoLuka Žinko

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Dimitar Penev (BUL)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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